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During 2013-2015, bottlenose dolphins began stranding along the Atlantic Coast at a rate four-fold higher than average due to a morbillivirus outbreak. As bottlenose dolphins are top ocean predators, such mass mortality events can have drastic consequences to overall ecosystem health. Researchers will develop a model of key processes that drive infectious disease transmission in bottlenose dolphins, including social, migratory and demographic structures. This new tool will help researchers and wildlife managers forecast potential disease outbreaks and provide earlier intervention to save more animals. This approach also may help us understand how infectious disease might impact other migratory marine species and inform data collection to mitigate disease spread and promote conservation research in marine species. 

Study ID
D22ZO-059
Study Status
Active
Start Date
04/01/2022
Grant amount awarded
$74,387
Grant recipient
Georgetown University
Study country
United States
Investigator
Shweta Bansal, PhD
Study category
Infectious Disease